OCTOBER 2020

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FOUR BLACK LETTERBOXES - BLACK HISTORY MONTH

 
 

POPE FRANCIS COMES OUT

BY HENRY PARNELL

October 30, 2020

The religious world is littered with contradictory teachings and ambiguity – ‘interpretation’ is a commonly used word when discussing the depths and intricacies of the apparently endless scripture. However, the authority that the Pope holds to clarify such ambiguity and shed light on religious teachings is second to none – and his word, on anything relating to the Catholic Church, is very literally sacred.


This week, footage has emerged in the new documentary ‘Francesco’ about the 266th Pontiff, in which he clearly vows his support for both homosexual Catholics, and their right to a legal same-sex union.  His support is clear and un-wavering, something that has rubbed some more traditional Catholics the wrong way, with some Bishops around the globe concerned about it undermining what they consider to be the sanctity of traditional marriage.


Since gaining the seat as the head of the Catholic Church on 23/03/13 Pope Francis has curated an interesting and relatively liberal track-record, the hallmark of which being an emphasis on the virtues of compassion, acceptance and love.  In the context of his previous liberal moves, his latest remarks regarding homosexuality are not particularly surprising. Yet for the Catholic Church at large, it is an attitude that some have called a ‘drastic shift’ in the stance of a traditionally conservative institution. 


For example, the opening line of Wikipedia entry: ‘The Catholic Church and Homosexuality’, states that ‘The Catholic Church considers sexual activity between members of the same sex to be a sin.’ Although Pope Francis has not directly commented on the Church’s stance on whether homosexuality is a sin or not, his tone of acceptance and inclusivity is a welcome and refreshing move from one of the most powerful and influential religious figures in the world.


The ethical debate surrounding Christianity’s stance on homosexuality is one of the most fiercely contested, and ultimately deadlocked, discussions in religious scholarship. The claim that “homosexuality is forbidden by God” is a controversial stance, and one which is condemned by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as ‘poor biblical scholarship’ and ‘cultural bias’. The passage in Leviticus: “man must not lie with man” (18:22, 20:13), along with the teaching that God created only one man and one woman (Adam and Eve) in Genesis, are the two most quoted scriptures used as arguments against a religious acceptance of homosexuality. As the HRC note, all scripture is open to interpretation, and the clarity of any Biblical scripture explicitly condemning homosexuality is questionable – even the more ‘explicit’ teaching found in Leviticus can be explained in the context of an ancient Israeli nation anxious about the continuation of family lineage, not necessary the act of homosexuality itself. 


With interpretation at the heart of the debate, the question becomes what source of authority trumps the rest of the pack, who has the final word? The answer doesn’t take long to find - if there is one person qualified to speak on behalf of the Catholic Church, it is the leader of the Catholic Church, the one other Christians believe is elected by God: The Pope. 


Pope Francis’ comments bring Catholicism into the 21st century – a branch of Christianity historically plagued by a tendency to lean towards more archaic interpretations of the Bible. Overall, a Pope that endorses tolerance, love and compassion, is a leader that transcends his religion - Pope Francis has ultimately proven himself an ally to humanity.

 

MACKENZIE COOPER

 
 

TIK TOK: THE NEW EDUCATION PLATFORM 

BY LAUREN BEESTING

Fashion Journalist 

Owner of Penny for your Thoughts 

Portfolio Website 

October 30, 2020

When I say Tik Tok you probably think of fad dances, and creators like Addison Rae and Charlie D’Amelio. But did you know that the app has become a platform for revolution and education? 


As of 2020, Tik Tok is one of the most popular apps in the world; with 150 markets, 39 languages and an estimated 500 million active users. According to Businessofapps.com, 41% of users are 16-24, with roughly 50% of users being under 34. It is a platform for entertainment but recently has evolved into a hub for revolution, education, unlearning bias’ and ideals like capitalism and sexism that run deeply within society. 

The natural media discourse of negative press began to surface against the Gen Z dominated app as it began to gather exponential popularity. It’s a timeless tale that the mainstream media always have a bone to pick with young generations, deeming them uneducated, a threat to society and hypersensitive; or snowflakes if you’d like.  Publications like The Sun and The Daily Mail continuously report on the dangerous trends and the damaging impacts of social media on young generations, even though they lack substantial evidence and the examples cited can be barely defined as micro-trends. 


In reality, once you emerge yourself within the app, you can discover a whole world of inspiring and inclusive educators who are creating content that is fun, yet full of valuable information surrounding an array of subjects. It’s a breath of fresh air when you open the app to see people from all over the world, and from1 all walks of life sharing experiences, making you feel loved and worthy and providing information that is often hard to come across. 


There are different types of educating creators on the app, here are just a handful:


Tik Tok Police 


Accounts like @jorobe, @laysieeeb and @thomasbrown573 respond to videos that are toxic, triggering, insulting, spreading misinformation, discriminating and normalising negative behaviour such as rape culture. They use their videos to explain why the content in another video is unacceptable by educating you on the matter and spreading awareness on other issues and subjects that are often misinformed. 


These accounts work to create a normalised, inclusive and equal society by promoting virtues such as; learning from your mistakes, educating yourself and holding yourself accountable for your actions.


Self-Love Gurus

 

There has been an enormous up-rise in genuine creators who are using the platform to create communities where building one another up and finding self-love is at the forefront - normalising all body types, sexuality, genders and mental health conditions, spreading awareness and are open about their own experiences. These creators have make Tik Tok into a platform where your feed is filled with non-idealised societal standards and unwavering positivity and confidence.


Educators 


Finally, we have the educational Tik Tok, where an amass of accounts have been created solely for the purpose of filling the gaps in knowledge that traditional academia leaves. Finance, mortgages, sex, mental health, black history; you name it, it will be there.  


They create palatable, informative and interactive videos to make Gen Z more educated, in a style that doesn’t bombarded them with typical education system content. These videos are concise, fun and don’t feel like a lesson. 


The #EduTikTok trend is gaining huge traction, with the platform itself recently announcing plans to commission experts and organisations to create educational content from a plethora of different sectors. 


A recent spokesperson for Tik Tok declared that: “TikTok is a safe space to explore stories that matter most to young people, so things like black history, LGBTQ stories from some of our sites, women's history as well - it feels like a very safe, welcoming environment.”


Tik Tok is evolving into something we have never seen before. A truly influential, versatile, safe space for young adults to entertain, connect, learn, influence and build a sense of belonging. 

 

 #GETHERINONRETWEETS

BY MODUPE REIS

It was at 2.58pm on Wednesday 9th September  that I, Modupe Reis, set out on a mission to be the first person ever to be accepted into a school based on retweets.

After a successful video interview with Marc Lewis, the day before, I was invited to the final selection day for the School of Communication Arts (the best advertising school in the UK, arguably the world).

So, in a bid to highlight the power of social media in advertising, my ability to sell myself and utilize my networks, as well as to set a new record, I asked Marc @SCA2Dean how many retweets I will need to get into this critically-acclaimed

school. 

What better way to secure a place in an advertising school than with a social media campaign, right?

It absolutely blew up in engagements, and what started off as a small innovative idea to grab Marc’s attention a bit, has now opened up some doors in the industry for me. I have had Art/Creative Directors from large industries connect with the tweet and me. Karen Blackkett (my career inspiration) even liked a tweet in the thread!!! 


In our initial video interview, Marc had said that he wants someone who would:

a. make him famous

b. could make him famous without him ruining their mental health.


So, I set out to do just that. After I sent the tweet, I sent him an email (screenshot attached) and what ensued is something of historical proportions.

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I have also used the # to show my past, present and hopefully future creative pursuits, as you will see in the thread. This whole campaign also worked well to give SCA some very great but very free advertising, though they’re pretty well-known in the industry, they aren’t that well-known by a lot of people in my large social media circles in spite of the absolutely amazing standard of their work. This lead me to come up with an idea to pitch to schools to adopt as an advertising strategy - tapping into the influencer network.

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Here’s a lovely screenshot from the selection day yesterday. Marc is in the middle of the bottom row wearing and showing off the surprise parcel I sent him after tracking his home address from alumni, Scarlet Pughe, D&AD New Blood pencil winner and an old friend from secondary school—The King’s School, Canterbury. It was a shirt with the SCA logo at the top, reading ‘Hi, I’m @SCA2dean and I #GotHerInOnRetweets which I customised on www.clothes2order.com

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Fast forward to 2 days later when I received a text from Marc and tweeted this video: 

https://twitter.com/MoannTheScammer/status/1306885984169099266

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I went from PLEASE RETWEET IT, SHARE IT AND USE #GetHerInOnRetweets to talk about it to I GOT IN ON RETWEETS WHAT THE HELL! With loads of ad and Creative giants cheering me on. 
I hope my story inspires others to think outside of the box. This is especially for the neurodiverse crew—we can use our differences to make the world easier and better and in turn create something positively insane.

 

CARA HUDSON A.K.A CAZ ART

Hi, I’m Cara, AKA Caz, and I’m a digital illustrator based in London. I am currently studying at The University of the Creative Arts, Epsom, doing a BA Hons in Fashion Promotion and Imaging. I’ve always been interested in graphics and illustration since I was small, and since November 2019 I have been creating my own small business built upon my illustration. Drawing and creating has always been my passion and always will be, it’s my way of expressing myself!

 
 
 

the angels’ piano bar


i worked at a piano bar

for angels on their night off

and every sunday,

like heavenly clockwork,

in you walked

to take your throne

next to the piano;

and whilst the angels played

in their gentle fingertip rhythm,

you sang 

melodious and hypnotising

in a tongue decipherable only to you

and i swear

every angel in that piano bar

was ready

to damn themselves 

for you

she smells of vanilla and flowers


she sleeps with a tiger by her bed

with lily pads for his resting head,

her chamomile tea is still warm,

and she dreams of lemon cake and 

the rising dawn

 

NO CAP: A HISTORY OF CAPITALISATION CULTURE IN MODERN POP AND HIP-HOP 

BY ELIOT K. RAMAN JONES

October 30, 2020

HOUSTON RAPPER TRAVIS SCOTT’S DISTINCTIVE USAGE OF AUTOTUNE, TRAP BEATS AND MELODIC INTRUMENTALS HAS ALREADY EMBEDDED ITSELF INTO THE MODERN POP AND HIP-HOP MUSICAL CANON. BUT ANOTHER WAY HIS SONGS RECENTLY HAVE AFFECTED THE MUSIC WORLD IS THROUGH FONT CHOICE, OR RATHER – MASS CAPITALISATION. 


BEGINNING WITH SCOTT’S 2018 ALBUM “ASTROWORLD”, WHEREIN EACH TRACK WAS NAMED IN ALL CAPS, SETTING THEMSELVES APART FROM THE TRADITIONAL MUSICAL TECHNIQUE OF LABELLING Each Song With One Capital Letter At The Beginning Of Each Separate Word. Travis Scott And Drake’s Number One Billboard Hot 100 Hit Was Not Titled “Sicko Mode”, In The Same Style As Many Other Contemporary Pop Hits, Like Calvin Harris And Dua Lipa’s Summer Anthem “One Kiss” Or The Scottish Producer’s Other Hit Song “Promises” Featuring Sam Smith. It Did Not Appear To Be Even A Reflection Of The State Of Hip-Hop’s Naming Conventions At The Time, As Fellow Rappers Drake And Post Malone Also, Despite Their Carefully Cultivated Images As Being People Who Are Supposedly Free From Bonds That Would Hinder Their Musical Freedom, Named Their Hits That Year “Nice for What”, “God’s Plan” and “Psycho”. NO, TRAVIS SCOTT’S ALBUM STOOD APART, AND WHILE TOTAL CAPITALISATION WAS BY NO MEANS NEW TO MUSIC, OR EVEN TO HIP-HOP, IT RAISED IMPORTANT STYLISTIC QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF MUSIC. WAS THE CAPITALISATION A REFLECTION OF THE TRACK? SCOTT’S DISCOGRAPHY IS CERTAINLY LOUD, AND HIS ANTHEMIC BANGERS AS WELL AS HIS MORE SUBTLE AND COMPLEX TRACKS DO FEEL DESTINED FOR A LOUDSPEAKER IN A CONCERT HALL RATHER THAN THE QUIET SECTION OF A LIBRARY. BUT IT IS ASSUREDLY MORE OF A COMPLEX ISSUE THAN SIMPLE LOUDNESS. AN IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION WHEN ANALYSING THE USAGE OF ALL CAPS IS ITS TRADITIONAL ASSOCIATION WITH EMPHASIS. INDEED, MOST OF US ARE FAMILIAR WITH AN ALL CAPS MESSAGE TO MEAN SOMETHING URGENT, OR MAYBE TO SIGNIFY WE HAVE TRULY, UNQUESTIONABLY, MESSED UP, AND IN THAT CASE IT CREATES MORE FEAR THAN ANYTHING, STANDING IN STARK CONTRAST WITH THE REST OF THE TRADITIONALLY CAPITALISED TEXT. APART FROM EMAILS, AS WELL AS WHATSAPP, MOST MODERN FORMS OF COMMUNICATION LACK THE ABILITY TO SEND MESSAGES IN BOLD OR ITALICS, SO ALL CAPS HAS AGAIN TRADITIONALLY HELD THE MANTLE OF BEING THE STYLISTIC CHOICE FOR THOSE TO EXPRESS URGENCY OR EMPHASIS. TWITTER, INSTAGRAM AND SNAPCHAT MESSAGING ALL DON’T ALLOW THE USAGE OF BOLD TEXTING, AND AS THESE ARE THREE OF THE MAIN SOCIAL MEDIA APPS USED BY POPULAR MUSICIANS IN THE MODERN ERA, NAMING SONGS THAT THEY FEEL TO BE PARTICULARLY EMPHATIC CAN BE SEEN AS A SORT OF CARRY-OVER FROM MESSAGING ON THESE APPS. 


then, of course, there is the other extreme. lowercase songs exist, and have been particularly emphasised recently by teenage pop sensation billie eilish, and also by travis scott, whose 2017 album “the birds in the trap sing mcknight”, featured entirely lowercase songs. in a 2019 mashable article, lauren fonteyn, a lecturer in linguistics at the university of manchester, explained that the rise of the recent mainstream embrace of lowercase comes from the fact that capitalisation does not tend to affect the overall meaning of the sentence, so it can be done away with entirely. “on the internet, people have stopped caring about these non-functional rules of grammar and started using caps for other reasons,” says fonteyn. this grammatical shift doesn’t just apply to music either, and instead has a whole history, of which chart-topping hits like eilish’s “bad guy” and 21 savage’s “rockstar.” are only the tip of the iceberg. in the 1970’s, feminist writer and thinker bell hooks chose a lowercase pen name that embodied the feminist movement’s move away from the individual and towards collective ideas. her theory was that as language itself is a construct of a patriarchal society, then its elitist rules serve as gatekeeping methods designed to uphold the inherent racism and sexism that was part of creating that language. there also can just be the fact that properly formatted text, while correct, is also a lot more formal than these artists’ passion projects are. on an emotional album where you’re bearing your soul a great deal, such as eilish’s actually fully capitalised album title but completely lowercase album tracklist “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO”, it may feel wrong to fit these raw, vibrant tracks into the generic cookie-cutter linguistic framework of “proper” capitalisation. LIKEWISE, RAPPERS WHOSE ENTIRE NAMES ARE IN ALL CAPS, SUCH AS JPEGMAFIA, KEY! OR RAP COLLECTIVE BROCKHAMPTON MAY FEEL THAT THEY’VE MANAGED TO BREAK THE MOLD AND HAVE USED THIS ALL CAPS STYLE TO DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM THE STUFFY TRADITIONALISM OF THE CLASSICAL STYLE OF “Each Word Has A Capital Letter In Front Of It, Whether You Like It Or Not.” 


There’s Even A Style That Has Not Been Mentioned Yet, And It’s Because It’s Simultaneously Slightly Dated, And Also Slightly Too “Out There” For Modern Musicians To Associate Themselves With, Which Is The Letters and Numbers Approach Adopted by Artists Like 2 Chainz, Andre 3000, 2Pac and 6LACK. These Artists’ Styles Represent Both A Departure And A Fusion Of The Previous Two Styles, Simply With The Addition Of Numerical Characters Into Their Names. 17’2 50m3wH@ 0f 4 K4llB4Ck 70 73h “13375P33k” (LeetSpeak) wH1CH w42 U53D By 94M3R2 4nD pr09r4MM3r2 1N 73H 2000’s, Wh3r3 53n73Nc3S L00K3D L1k3 Th1S. it is again a source of artistic expression which rejects the cultural norms we’ve previously discussed, but has been more or less abandoned, as it makes certain words too hard to read if used consistently, which is why it mainly now has been confined to making your password harder to crack.  


Ultimately, the linguistic and cultural debate over language will continue to roll on, ever onwards into infinity, but using the prevalence of hip-hop styles as a touchstone allows us to view it as a microcosm of the wider issue, and whether you’re a DEVOUT ALL CAPSER, or A Traditionalist Through And Through, or indeed a lowercase fan, each style has been represented in popular music, and long may it continue. 

 

AMY POZZILLI

 
 

ENTERTAINMENT SNIPPET: TOP 5 FILMS & SHOWS TO WATCH IN NOVEMBER

BY HARRY MEMBREY

As we enter November the future of the cinematic experience is bleaker than it ever has been. But that doesn’t mean that it’s over, does it? Yes, Cineworld has closed down. Yes, Odeon is only open on weekends and yes, all the most exciting releases of our post-covid 2020 such as No Time To Die and Dune have been snatched from our grasp. But there’s still lots going on, even if it feels like we’re headed towards perpetual lockdowns and social-distancing guidelines. 


In October, Indie and Arthouse films like A24’s tormenting Saint Maud and Sofia Coppola’s On The Rocks have still been shown everywhere, encouraging lots of audiences into warm theatre seats and enabling smaller venues to remain alive. Streaming services have, of course, been rolling out some really impressive stuff, spooky or otherwise. Netflix’s Haunting of Bly Manor was a very absorbing watch even if it didn’t provide the same scares as its predecessor and David Attenborough’s poignant A Life On Our Planet has shaken the very core of society with his so-called “witness statement”.


But Netflix isn’t the only one rolling out the big guns. The BBC’s Roadkill starring Hugh Laurie and Helen McCrory has been showered with critical acclaim along with ITV having audaciously restored the jovial but hair-raising The Cube to our television screens after a 5 year intermission. And to scare you with how truly adorable you find an alien, Disney+’s The Mandalorian is still set for release just in time for Halloween.


So with the momentum and delight that entertainment services have been consistently providing us during this uncertain, chilly autumn - what can we look forward to in November? The short answer? Lots. But here are the five things you really can’t be missing out on.

TRUTH SEEKERS - AMAZON PRIME VIDEO - 30TH OCTOBER

The iconic duo that brought quintessential british film icons to the table like The Cornetto Trilogy and Paul reunite to bring you a spooktacular Amazon Prime Video series: Truth Seekers. The series spans 8 episodes and stars Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz) as paranormal investigators who uncover a conspiracy that may result in brutal consequences for humanity. 


Created by two icons of British comedy, Truth Seekers will hopefully bring you the unnerving laughs you need for that Halloween come-down as we move into early November.

I’M A CELEBRITY… GET ME OUT OF HERE - ITV - NOVEMBER

There’s no precise release date yet due to a fluctuating pandemic but, in a shocking twist, I’m A Celebrity has changed its location for the first time in 18 years. This series, contestants will be swapping their longhaul flight to the inhospitable Australian forests for a longhaul drive and/or train to an inhospitable Welsh castle. Located at Gwrych Castle in Abergele (North Wales), Ant & Dec are back along with the rumour of some returning fan-favourite contestants of the series. Perhaps some big names who aren’t too busy due to lockdowns and regulations will make an appearance too? With producers stating that they’re keen to keep the tone and feel of the usual format, it’ll be hard to ignore some very new imagery and very new challenges, swapping hot for cold and kangaroos for sheep.

THE CROWN SEASON 4 - NETFLIX - 15TH NOVEMBER

It’s our first Netflix series on the list and it’s a biggie. The Crown returns for the fourth time with its stellar cast, simply growing and growing. Starring Oscar-winner Olivia Coleman of Peep Show fame and the acting powerhouses of Helena Bonham-Carter and Gillian Anderson, the fourth series will chronicle the events of the royal family and their relationship with the people and parliament from 1980 to 1990. 


Gillian Anderson and Emma Corrin join the cast as Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana respectively, so it’s safe to say that the implications on Diana’s entrance into the royal family and the Commonwealth ramifications of The Falklands War will be the focus here. The series gets better and better every year and tensions are higher than ever going into this fourth series. I can’t be the only one excited to hear Hans Zimmer’s majestic opening titles.

SMALL AXE - BBC ONE/IPLAYER - 15TH NOVEMBER

Created and directed by Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Small Axe is a five-film anthology series that will premiere weekly on BBC One and run through to mid-December. Each film will explore the experience of black people in Britain and the systemic racism that occurs every day, inspired by the stories of real people. 


Installments star the powerful voices of Letitia Wright (Black Panther) and Jon Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as leaders and activists in London’s humming West Indian community. A series such as this is abundantly necessary during today’s highly reformative climate and, surely, Steve McQueen can relevantly translate to screen the messages pouring through society today similarly to his expression of 2013’s 12 Years a Slave. “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe”.

HILLBILLY ELEGY - NETFLIX - 24TH NOVEMBER

Ron Howard, director of Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, returns to direct an adaptation of J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir of the same name. Hillbilly Elegy stars Amy Adams (Arrival) and Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction) as the protagonist’s constantly squabbling unstable mother and resilient grandmother. The coming-of-age film surrounds Vance’s relationship with these two maternal figures in his life and their questionable, fluctuating ability to raise and care for him. 


Exploring the social and political beliefs of poor American conservatives, Hillbilly Elegy is a possible cornerstone for comprehending the sentiment surrounding Donald Trump’s election. With some visually apparent impressive acting and some big Oscar-tips, this Netflix original is not to be missed.

HONOURABLE MENTION: 

HIS HOUSE - NETFLIX - 30TH OCTOBER

Just in case I’m A Celebrity is killed off like your favourite Game of Thrones character, it’s important to ensure that this list is accurate. Thankfully, the perfect honourable mention has come along for one extra scare this October in the form of His House. 


Starring Wunmi Mosaku (Luther), Sope Dirisu (Gangs of London) and Matt Smith (Doctor Who), His House follows a young refugee couple from South Sudan trying to adjust to life in a small English house with a stirring evil lurking within. Migration is a scary thing by its very nature and it’s exciting to see that it will be emphasized even more within the horror genre, exploring both supernatural and personal traumas.

 

DON’T LISTEN TO RISHI, WE NEED ARTISTS MORE THAN EVER

BY ABRA HERITAGE

October 30, 2020

Rishi Sunak sparked fury after vague comments that musicians and those working in the arts should retrain for new jobs. The chancellor of the exchequer’s remarks were greeted with immediate uproar on Twitter, and have been the fuel for much needed conversation on the Tories’ neglect of the British arts and culture sector. 


When asked by ITV1 if “musicians and artists and actors” should find alternative work, Sunak replied: “Can things happen in exactly the way they did? No... everyone is having to find ways to adapt...to the new reality”. But a “new reality” without art, music, writing, film or TV sounds hauntingly like a book I once read by George Orwell. This type of comment seems particularly absurd when looking back at how Britons spent their Lockdown. It is safe to say that many of those furloughed relied on the comforts of Netflix, good books, videogames, new podcast episodes, online theatre, and Spotify playlists. It’s downright offensive and out-of-touch for Sunak to not acknowledge the extent in which the arts and culture sector carried and comforted those struggling at home.


Unfortunately, neglect of art and music is certainly not novel in Conservative practice and policy. From 2010-2019, libraries, museums and art galleries across England had their funding cut by nearly £400m. Tory cuts to school budgets also meant that nine out of ten secondary schools had to cut back on lesson time, facilities or staff in at least one creative subject (BBC Survey, 2018). Now add this to continued cuts to local authorities which run council music services, and music education becomes a novelty available only to those with parents that can afford to drop over £40 a week on lessons and orchestra fees. 


While it’s unlikely that the Tories will be won over by my argument of the soul and comfort that art, music and culture bring to British society, perhaps a reminder that the arts contribute more to the UK economy than agriculture (Arts Council England Research, 2019), will push them back in the right direction. Blur drummer and Labour councillor, David Rowntree, cemented this economic argument in his Twitter reply to the news of Sunak’s comments, “What a stupid thing to say. The ‘arts’ earn over £100bn for the UK each year.”


As individual artists, musicians, and writers, we must encourage each other to keep creating. The arts enable marginalised voices to be heard, they hold those in power accountable, and are ultimately a force to give us hope.  No matter how hard the Tories try, we can’t let artists be silenced. 

 

ZAHRA AWAN

Drawing- pleasure. Work- reality. 
Balance? 
Adaptation, Integration, Sacrifice.
Compromise. 
I guess, scribbles, scraps
ART.

 
 

AN INTERVIEW WITH GHENGIS OTT

BY DEVON HARVEY

PRE SAVE THE ALBUM: HTTP://SMARTURL.IT/PZPYWU/

October 30, 2020

Why did you get into music?


"I got into music writing bars a couple years back, at the time it was nothing serious and more just for fun between friends type of thing but in my first year a couple people said I should take it further and start writing proper songs and since then I’ve just kept working on my music."


How would explain your music to someone who hadn’t heard it before? 


"It’s a little bit of everything, you’ve got the UK rap and urban hip hop sounds but there’s the occasional drill instrumental, there’s something for everyone especially if you’re from the same culture."


What’s your inspiration behind your new album due Halloween? 


"A while back I decided the album was going to be called Enter The Dungeon! and I thought it went along with the vibe of the album, some tracks on there definitely give a Halloween vibe."


What’s your favourite track? 


"My favourite track will always be Merlin no doubt,it’s a drill headbanger but it’s not like anything out there, the whole songs a metaphor for estate block life and some of the characters you meet living there."


Who’s your favourite rapper/musician, and why? 


"My favourite rapper at the moment is Knucks, his style and flows got the charisma and delivery of grime fused with mad bars that come along with UK road rap."


To anyone looking to go into the music industry, do you have any words of advice?

 

"Patience, patience and work rate is something no one can teach you about this industry and you’ve gotta be able to realise some things don’t happen straight away unless you have the money or connections, but the most important thing I’d say is to surround yourself with people like you who want to music and strive hard. You won’t learn anything off people who are trying to copy/emulate your style or even hold you back,do your own research and don’t make important plans with reliance on others, this is an industry you’ve gotta learn to be independent and smart in quickly otherwise record labels and channels can take advantage of you, luckily I didn’t sign so I got out of my agreement but some people get stuck in that black hole dreaming about the money from music! 

Big love for having me and for the opportunity!

‘Enter The Dungeon!’ drops Halloween 31st, BL@CKBOX should release October/ November on their main channel and my GRM music video is due late January!"

 
 

TASHA MAE

 
 

ARPIT NAYAK

Arpit is a thoughtful mind, currently working in the field of finance. He enjoys traveling and writing in his free time. He writes from the heart.


 

Racism of Mankind

Racism has a heart of Mankind,

An artery of inhumanity & end,

It has blood of rage, & vile …,

Has a force of pain & hostility.


Racism has a mind of mankind.

An intelligence of terror & misconception,

Has a sentiment of utmost savage

Imagination of obnoxious aims, gruesome.


Racism has a mouth of mankind,

It has tongue of abuse, deviance,

Many teeth of cruel slit & quell

Has a lip of misery, hatred & passing.

The killing of this Racisms start from inside… 

Take My Hand

Take my hand and leave this mean world.


I will take you to journey like you have never been journey before.


See my eyes and dream about us in our world.


Together we will beat and go up to the skies.


No scowls no tears just happiness and laughter.


Looking at your eyes that sparks like stars


And your smile shines bright as sunlight.


Our story has begun till the infinity time.


Now hold my hand and leave the world.


Let be on journey of discovering us.